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Ala Modalaindi Review

Ala Modalaindi
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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
Cute is back. And how.

Not too long ago, the Telugu cinema industry would regularly churn out a particular kind of love stories, where the plot was all about two people getting together, not able to "express their feelings" thanks to circumstances, tearing apart from each other, and then elatedly coming together again. No factionist fathers, no ancient family rivalries, no crackling bones and spilling guts, no grandiose sets. Just plain old love.

All you had to do is grin at the couple's cute nothings, rejoice in their courtship, and pray, pray, pray that they get together soon. And basically, have a really good time.

Ala Modalaindi not only brings back romance onto the screen, it is also the most wholesomely fun film to have hit theatres for a really long time. Building a laughathon without having to resort to an unconnected "comedy track" - the stuff Jandhyala movies were made of, and that, now, what Allari Naresh's brand is all about - is no mean feat. And Nandini Reddy, the director of this one, aces it.

It helps that the movie's lead, Nani, is a brilliant humour artiste all by himself, and looks fit enough to take on the might of the whole Tollywood humour brigade all by himself. He's great both as Gautham, the romantic 20-something completely in love, and as Gautham, the man who delivers laughs when you need them.

Talking too much about the plot would be tantamount to doing injustice to the movie experience, so let's just say that Ala Modalaindi is the love story of Gautham and Nithya (Nithya Menon), whose happy ending falls in place only after a bunch of avoidable hurdles are crossed.

Despite a storyline at least 3 centuries old (as the film itself points out), there is great writing, an amazing sense of humour, and above all, an infectious energy all through.

What's also striking about the film is that its character ensemble is contemporary and realistic, and not in the cosmetic sense of the word. The pub-hopping and coolness is never exaggerated or artificial, and there's no contrived melodrama either.

Nithya Menon is a charming find. Her role is well-written - bubbly and warm without once being over-the-top. Plus, she's fully-clad throughout the flick. Menon is quite the Genelia replacement that our cinema so badly needs right now.

Then, there is a whole battalion of other good actors. Rohini is immensely endearing as the hero's mother, offering counsel about choosing soulmates and listening to the heart. The actors playing the hero's friends are all talented, and it's also nice to see in the movie a young spark of talent called Chaitanya who debuted in a dud some time back.

An interesting accessory to the story-telling is the use of the random but fun kidnapper played by Ashish Vidyarthi, who gets to mouth some good lines.

The music isn't a memorable piece of work though. And it's surprising to see the movie's visual quality compromised so much it looks like a no-show right from the start.

In sum, yes, we recommend Ala Modalaindi, an unlikely discovery this season.
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  • Cast
    Nani, Nithya Menon, Rohini, Ashish Vidyarthi, Chaitanya, Sneha Ullal, Pragathi, Sivannarayana
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  • Music
    Kalyani Malik
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  • Director
    Nandini Reddy
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait for OTT - No
Saradhi on 14th Mar 2011, 2:50pm | Permalink
Nice movie. Nitya looking cute. she should maintain that chubbiness. Naani fantastic as usual. A very good actor came to industry after all this useless sons of stars. Go and watch it. I am thinking to buy the blu-ray disc of this movie to watch on my big screen LCD TV.
Prasanna Dommu on 14th Mar 2011, 11:46am | Permalink
'Ala Modalaindi' was a pleasant surprise. I did have some expectations from Nani after having watched him in 'Ashta Chemma'. But he definitely surpassed all my expectations. I was in a fit of laughter through out the movie, especially the 'kajra re' scene.

Rest of the cast was just as good as Nani.... Nithya, Rohini, Ashish Vidhyardi. No one lets you down. The script or the story aren't great, but witty lines and perfect timing keep you rolling on the floor the whole time (except a few sentimental scenes).

Hats off to the director for producing such a clean, entertaining flick.

Pros: Performances, timing of lines
Cons: script - loses pace is the middle
Movie Lover on 21st Feb 2011, 9:05am | Permalink
Wow.... I liked this movie so much..... Lot of twists and tooo funny......

God!!! I laughed like anything. Good medine for me :-)

Watch this atleast once.... Little crazy but too good to watch......

Way to go guys :-)

Pros: Nani and Nitya, twists, friends, music, dialogues and lots of other things
Cons: Some silly things.. that we need not care :-)
Diehard-5 on 6th Feb 2011, 5:16pm | Permalink
This is a copy of the mediocre Hollywood flick 'A Lot Like Love'. Here is the plot of 'A Lot Like Love"... "The story starts "seven years ago," with recent college graduate Oliver Geary locking eyes with Emily in LA International Airport as they are both waiting to board a plane bound for New York. Midway through the flight, Emily barges into the lavatory while Oliver is cleaning a stain off his shirt, and, wordlessly, they make love. After landing, they spend a day together in the Big Apple, then part. Just in case she ever wants to get in touch, Oliver gives her his parents' phone number. Three years later, Emily finds the number and calls it. It's New Year's Eve and she's desperate for a date after being dumped by her boyfriend. When Oliver walks into her apartment, the spark is still there, but it takes four more years & several additional encounters before the two characters recognize what the audience knows from the first reel".

Pros: The ability to copy
Cons: The copy
Sc13175 on 24th Jan 2011, 8:14am | Permalink
Awesome. What a pleasant surprise. I was skeptical after watching trailers but the movie
is really awesome. I loved the songs as well(except Oo Baby). Real winner is the director
The writing is superb(its so fresh and natural). Nani and Nitya are brilliant. As did
the supporting cast. Good to see an actress who can acutally act. And Nithya dubbed her
voice and sang too. Is there anything she can't do? I have huge respect to someone who
goes extra mile to dub in an alien language(think siddarth) nithya..take a bow.
Nani is a huge talent. Hope he gets his due in this "family dominated" industry.
Last, I was blown away by Rohini. Such freshness to mom character. She is now
my favorite to play mom after jayasudha. And Pragati never disappoints(and never seem
to get recognition). This is one to keep in collection. Cant wait for the DVD.

Pros: Brilliant performances from all. Writing. Rohini.
Cons: None!!!
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